Crispy Tofu Strips

31 Jan

Tofu is one of my favorite sources of protein because it is just so versatile! So when I had a block of it sitting in my fridge, and this recipe sitting in my inbox I knew I had to make it!

The original recipe is from one of my favorite vegan blogs, Oh She Glows, but I modified it slightly to fit the ingredients I had on hand. They turned out so crunchy and delicious – even when they were reheated in the microwave for lunch! The only thing that I would change would be to add a bit more cayenne pepper so that you can really taste the heat (if you aren’t one of those people that enjoys sweating while they eat, then these proportions should be fine!)

Ingredients:

1 package firm or extra firm tofu
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
sprinkle of kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Press the tofu. This will get all of the excess liquid out of it so that it crisps up nicely. There are a variety of ways you can do this, but I flipped a plate upside down in my sink and put the block of tofu on it. Then I put a paper towel on top and set a heavy jar on it for about 30 minutes. Easy clean up, and easy slicing it into strips!

3. Make coating. While the tofu is pressing, whisk together the milk and cornstarch in a dish shallow enough to allow dipping the tofu. In another bowl, mix together the cornmeal, wheat bran, salt, and spices. Set both of these aside.

4. Slice tofu. Once you remove the jar and paper towel from the tofu, slice into 8 strips, lengthwise. With one hand dip the tofu strip into the milk mixture and then into the cornmeal mixture.  Coat both sides entirely, either by patting the mixture all over it or flipping it over and then place on a baking sheet covered with tin foil. Repeat until all the strips are coated.

5. Bake. Place tofu on middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Flip then bake for another 20-25 minutes until crispy.

6. Dip in favorite sauce and eat!

Super simple and easy to make, and with the awesome deal at Whole Foods making Nasoya Tofu only $0.50, you could make this for as many meals as you’d like!

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